The Bay Dreams music festival is coming to Nelson from its home in Tauranga in the new year. Photo: Bay Dreams

Huge music festival heading to Nelson


One of New Zealand’s most popular summer music festivals is heading to Nelson.
About 15,000 people are expected for the inaugural Bay Dreams in Nelson, the southern sister of Mt Maunganui’s New Year festival.

Trafalgar Park will host the first Nelson edition of Bay Dreams on January 4.

The one-day festival features an array of genres from drum and bass to hip hop. The festival will span Trafalgar Park and over the bridge towards the Trafalgar Centre as well.

In the three years since the festival’s inception, Bay Dreams has attracted acts such as Pendulum, Peking Duk, Krafty Kuts, Sticky Fingers and DJ Snake, plus Kiwi favourites Kora, Shapeshifter and Katchafire.

Nelson City Council community services group manager Roger Ball says the festival is a considerable coup for the city.

“It’s very exciting to welcome a new event to our region, especially one like the Bay Dreams festival, which has developed a reputation as a successful, well-organised event in Mt Maunganui.”

Roger says the NCC is working with the event organiser to ensure that the same high standard will be repeated here.

“It will be an added attraction for our summer visitors and locals alike and bring a new musical element to Nelson’s vibrant summer scene.”

The council encourages anyone coming from outside the region to be sure to book accommodation and travel early to avoid disappointment.